Food safety

Food Safety News No 18


Turkey

Food Safety News
No 18 - 5 Dec 2005

Issued by the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/foodsafety
foodsafety@who.int


IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Food safety aspects of Avian Influenza
  • Use of antiviral drugs in poultry
  • FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for the Americas and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica, 6-9 December 2005
  • FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3-6 October 2005
  • WHO Global Salm-Surv Network
  • New publications available on the web

Food safety aspects of Avian Influenza

WHO issued on 4 November 2005, in six languages, a note to the INFOSAN network (International Food Safety Authorities Network) on the food safety aspects of avian influenza. The note explains that proper cooking of poultry and eggs inactivates avian influenza virus. Such virus could be potentially present in raw poultry products in areas with outbreaks in poultry. The note has received minor updates on 5 December. A video clip with a brief statement on food safety aspects of avian influenza is also available on the web site. These and additional information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/avian/en/index.html
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Use of antiviral drugs in poultry

Antiviral drugs are likely to be the main defence against a potential future human pandemic strain of avian influenza H5N1. Therefore use of antiviral drugs in poultry recently reported in Asia is a matter of concern since this will increase the risk of emergence of resistant strains. WHO, FAO and OIE have developed a joint statement on the use of antiviral drugs in animals, given the threat of a human influenza pandemic and the scarcity of influenza drugs. WHO, FAO and OIE urge Member States, as a matter of precaution, not to use antiviral drugs in animals in order to preserve the efficacy of these drugs for the treatment of influenza infections in humans. More information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/avian_antiviral/en/index.html
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 2403 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int)

FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for the Americas and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica, 6-9 December 2005

This first FAO/WHO Pan-American conference on food safety will be attended by food safety regulators and experts from most countries in the region. They will work towards identifying practical and sustainable actions to address current food safety issues of importance to the region and ways of improving regional collaboration in food safety matters among all stakeholders including public authorities, private sector and the consumers. The conference will be preceded by a two day training course on the Codex Alimentarius sponsored by the FAO/WHO Trust Fund for Codex participation. More information is available at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/americas/index.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3-6 October 2005

The first FAO/WHO Pan-African meeting on food safety, attended by 147 food safety regulators and experts from some 50 countries in Africa, recommended a strategic plan for food safety for Africa for adoption by the governing bodies of FAO and WHO, and by the African Union. The plan recommends a series of nine action points covering clear and coherent food safety policies based on shared responsibilities between public authorities, private sector and the consumers. The conference also discussed ways and means to address current hot issues in food safety of interest to the region and set up a mechanism for the implementation of the strategic plan and its monitoring. More information is available at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/african/index.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

WHO Global Salm-Surv Network

Global Salm-Surv is a global network of laboratories and individuals involved in surveillance, isolation, identification and antimicrobial resistance testing of Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens. The programme was started in January 2000 and is targeted at microbiologists and epidemiologists who work in public health, veterinary services, food-related services or environmental health. More information is available in the INFOSAN Information Note 6/2005 "WHO Global Salm-Surv - A surveillance network for foodborne diseases" available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en/ and at http://www.who.int/salmsurv/en/
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 24 03 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int) or Peter Braam (Tel: +41 22 791 3882 - E-mail: braamp@who.int)

New publications available on the web

Modern food biotechnology, human health and development: an evidence-based study - available in English, French and Spanish: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/biotech/who_study/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

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